The idea of a smart, connected watch really resonates with me. I ordered a Pebble many months ago when the Kickstarter campaign was live (it should arrive any day/week/month now...) and cannot wait to start getting notifications on my wrist. The Pebble has long battery life, and according to the reviews, just works. This is exactly what want from and expect of Apple, and it looks like they're going to produce an iOS based one this year, as reported by The Verge.
Apple's betting on iOS, but battery life is a challenge. That's apparently leading to battery life issues in development, according to our sources: the goal is to last at least 4-5 days between charges, but the current watch prototypes are apparently only going for a couple days max. We're also told Apple has some work to do with iOS on the iPhone, which currently has several hooks for supporting a watch-like device but lacks the appropriate interface or settings to make it work properly.
These guys won't just throw one together, they'll stress out and finess this thing for as long as it takes. The good news is that it seems to be pretty far along in development and is getting a lot of attention internally.
This also makes me wonder if killing off the phone sized iPod nano was related. As the title of this article suggests, they may have 'sidestepped a smartwatch revolution' by killing off the watch sized Nano, but it sounds like iOS today still isn't fully ready to integrate as deeply with a watch as is necessary. If they couldn't do it right, they didn't do it at all. Let's hope they figure out how to do it right before Christmas.